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The Effective Executive

The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done
Written by: Peter F. Drucker
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A commemorative edition of Peter F. Drucker's timeless classic work on leadership and management, with a foreword by Jim Collins.

What makes an effective executive?

For decades Peter F. Drucker was widely regarded as "the dean of this country's business and management philosophers" (Wall Street Journal). In this concise and brilliant work, he looks to the most influential position in management - the executive.

The measure of the executive, Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done". This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.

Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can - and must - be mastered:

  • Managing time
  • Choosing what to contribute to the organization
  • Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect
  • Setting the right priorities
  • Knitting all of them together with effective decision making

Ranging across the annals of business and government, Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.

©2017 Peter F. Drucker (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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this book is for anyone who has to manage themselves or others.
It is a must read for anyone who works with others in a leadership role.
I recommend this book for anyone who struggles to prioritize their time.
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  • Phillip
  • 2017-07-17

Narrator hard to listen to

I found it extremely hard to follow due to the narrator. It is impossible for me to judge the context as the narrator couldn't keep my attention . The effective manager was much more easy to follow

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  • YANG CHAO HUI
  • 2018-06-11

Highly Recommended

This book changed the way i live. Instead of mechanically taking care of my to-do list like I used to, I now try to do what must be done next. I love how Drucker emphasize that we should make a difference, not just settle for making a living or strive to be the best at something just for the glory. He tells the characteristics that effective executives have and uses colorful examples of historical figures and companies to illustrate his points, which makes his book interesting to listen to. Jim Collins and Tim Andres Pabon also did a good job at narrating (varied intonation). Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone of all ages and background!

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  • Kevin
  • 2017-02-23

Truly Timeless

There is no doubt you will hear at least a dozens new (old) ideas you can implement today which will greatly enhance your effectiveness. Make the time, you on
firm is counting on you!

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  • Alex Morrison
  • Charleston, SC United States
  • 2018-02-01

Concise, focused and to the point.

How to be an Effective executive. All meat, no fluff. One of the most concise books on being effective.

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  • Andrew C
  • Canada
  • 2019-03-28

Great work in 1966, mediocre in 2019

Still thought it was a useful read, and appreciated it more as the book continued.

My thoughts on Peter's main points:
Focus on developing your strengths, not your weaknesses - I think a better rule of thumb is to focus on what you are passionate about, as even if it isn't a current strength of yours, if you are dedicated it likely will be in the future.
Focus on opportunities vs. problems - I don't always agree with this. Sometimes problems can be quick to solve, so you should prioritize and solve them quick first and move back to opportunities, otherwise there can be enormous consequences.
Focus on contributing to your organization - I strongly agree with this point, and this is a driving force for me at my own work.
Manage and track your time, an executive's most valuable scarce resource - I appreciated the advice of creating a log of where your time goes on a regular basis, or getting a secretary to do so, this is something I will definitely consider.
Tailor efforts to personalities of those around you, and be clear on your needs - Are you a listener or reader, do you learn visually or kinesthetically, are you most productive in the morning or night, are all critical questions to learn about and share with bosses/colleagues to make the most out of your team.

Given Peter's work was so influential to Generation X managers, reading this book can provide perspective of how your managers think, particularly if your a millennial. I can now have discussions with my boss leveraging some of PD's frameworks which I know my boss has read and values, and this can be a valuable tool.


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  • Philip J.
  • 2019-03-24

Excellent read!

This book is in my top 10 leadership books of all time. It covers all the necessary points of leadership and goes into great detail about the power of influence.

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  • Uzi
  • Broward County, Fl
  • 2019-03-18

got bored by the middle

the information is good. maybe I read it to early in my career path though. I found that the content started to become a chore to finish. the narrator wasnt bad, he and the book just didnt keep me engaged

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  • Abhijeet Nemiwant
  • 2019-03-12

Not engaging enough

The narration isnt great. Very difficult to comprehend. Now I think why did I purchase it.

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  • Sam Smith
  • Texas, USA
  • 2019-03-07

Fantastic read

Peter Drucker is quickly becoming one of My favorite authors. This book is a great 1 for all people in management.

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  • Alan Lee
  • 2019-03-04

where has this book been all my life?

Loved it. Practical. Profound. This should be taught in all schools regardless of major. The book is not only effective, it's a masterpiece.